On Monday, October 19 at the Engine Shed in Lincoln, Bythams Primary School won not 1 but 2 Laftas awards.
The Laftas Annual Film Awards is Lincolnshire’s version of the Oscars for 3 – 19 year olds and is the county’s premier event showcasing and celebrating the films and animations made by children and young people throughout Lincolnshire.
Bythams Primary School has been finalists for the last four years and actually won the category for Best Key Stage 1 film in 2013.
This year it was even more exciting because the school had 3 films shortlisted (2 films were shortlisted in the same category).
Bythams Primary School won the very prestigious awards for Key Stage 1 Fiction and Year 5 and Year 6 Non- Fiction.
l The Key Stage 1 winner was called “Monster in the Spinney” it combined stop frame animation, acting and poetry and was written, produced and directed by Mrs Wilson’s Pumas Class.
Owen Keegan aged 8 declared “I really enjoyed making the movie but to be at the LAFTAs and win has been the best day of my life.“
Mrs Jo Wilson class teacher at The Bythams added “The children really enjoy making films. Writing, acting and making this movie has really developed the children’s confidence in literacy. It makes learning fun and real which is what we always aspire to at Bythams Primary School.”
l The Year 5 and Year 6 film was titled “The Bythams Wildlife Sanctuary” and was a spoof of a David Attenborough nature film.
Poppy Allett aged 10 said “It was great fun working with the Reception children to make this movie.
“It really helped me improve my drama skills.” Bythams School won a green screen for special effects filming and a digital camera as well as the prestigious LAFTAs awards.
It was a fantastic evening and to win two awards was a real achievement for Bythams Primary School.
l More news from The Bythams School on page 16.